Alex Trebek has died aged 80.
The Jeopardy! host has passed away after he sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, the official Twitter account for the beloved game show revealed on Sunday (Nov 8).
The account confirmed: “‘Jeopardy!' is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex. pic.twitter.com/Yk2a90CHIM— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 8, 2020
Alex revealed his cancer diagnosis in 2019, and had been open about his battle several times, including admitting this year he would stop his cancer treatments if his last course failed to work.
The host also frequently praised his wife Jean for staying by his side throughout his health battle, and confessed to feeling like a “terrible burden to her”.
Speaking in July, he had said: “There was one day a few weeks ago when [my wife] Jeanie asked me in the morning, ‘How do you feel?’ And I said, ‘I feel like I wanna die.’ It was that bad. I apologise to her and explain that it has nothing to do with my love for her or my feelings for her. It just has to do with the fact that I feel like I’m a terrible burden to her, and that bothers me tremendously.
“She’s a saint. She has so much goodness in her that she is always giving out, always putting out to help me get over difficult moments. And there have been some difficult moments. I’m just in awe of the way she handles it.”
Prior to his death, Alex had been determined to celebrate two years since his diagnosis in February next year.
He added: “There have been tough moments. And I don’t know what it is, but when it’s time to go, it’s time to go. Let’s do it. Get out there, suck it up, make it happen.
“My doctor has told me that he is counting on me celebrating two years of survivorship past the diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. And that two years happens in February. So I expect to be around ‘cause he said I will be around.
“And I expect to be hosting the show if I am around.”
Ryan Reynolds has led tributes to “gracious and funny” Alex Trebek. He tweeted: “Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle. He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will.”
Alongside Ryan, the likes of John Legend, Viola Davis, and Ellen DeGeneres also posted on social media to remember the TV legend.
John wrote: “I was obsessed with Jeopardy as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio. I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember. What an iconic career. RIP Alex Trebek.”
While Viola called Alex “a true, true gentleman and courageous hero”, and Ellen posted: “Alex Trebek hosted Jeopardy for 36 years. What an incredible career and remarkable life. I’m sending love to his family and fans.”
Steve Harvey, the host of game show Family Feud, even admitted Alex was “the classiest game show host of all time”.
He tweeted: “My heart is so sad over the passing of the classiest game show host of all time!!! His style was real to me ...... condolences to his entire family and fans #AlexTrebek (sic)”
Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle. He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will.— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 8, 2020
I was obsessed with Jeopardy as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio. I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember. What an iconic career. RIP Alex Trebek.— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 8, 2020
RIP Alex Trebek. A true, true gentleman and courageous hero. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest 💛 pic.twitter.com/autbyxnlcs— Viola Davis (@violadavis) November 8, 2020
Alex is survived by his second wife, Jean, and three children, Matthew, Emily and Nicky. — BANG